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News » Court Awareness: Tuesday review 2008-12-10


Court Awareness: Tuesday review 2008-12-10


Court Awareness: Tuesday review 2008-12-10
A look at Tuesday night's best games...

Spurs 133, Mavericks 126 (2 OT)

This Texas rivalry was played with the tenacity of a playoff matchup. Defensive stops and missed shots at the end of regulation forced the game into overtime.

In overtime, Tony Parker received a Game 7-type flagrant foul from Jason Terry on a fast break. After the foul, Parker went 1-2 from the stripe and missed a jumper; followed by a Jason Kidd three to take the game to a second overtime where the Spurs were finally able to seal the victory.

Bleacher Report


Wednesday's action

  • Kapono, Raptors snap five-game skid
  • Harrington leads Knicks past Nets
  • LeBron, Cavaliers win 10th straight
  • Hornets breeze past Bobcats
  • Conley shines as Grizz down OKC
  • 'Melo scores 33 in 3rd as Nuggets win
  • 6th-man Ginobili powers Spurs to win
  • Warriors beat Bucks for 2nd straight
  • Gasol, Lakers top Suns

FOXSports.com analysis

  • Rosen: Spurs still gritty
  • Rosen: Bucks give top effort
  • Hill: Give me Lakers-Celts Finals
  • Galinsky: NBA Power Rankings

Video

  • Hill: Thrown to the Wolves

Photos

  • Celtics celebrate 17th title

McHale expects the Wolves to seriously outperform their 4-15 start over the remainder of the season. Keep in mind, when McHale took over for Flip Saunders in 2005 he led Minnesota to a 19-12 record.

Rookie Kevin Love had a big impact for the Wolves in 26 minutes, grabbing 15 rebounds, eight coming on the offensive end of the court. His outstanding effort was offset by 2-9 shooting from the free-throw line. It was surprising because Love came into the game an 82.1 percent free-throw shooter.

Many consider Love and his new coach McHale to share more qualities then just a name. Love used to watch old Celtics tapes with his father Stan, and considers McHale one of his all-time favorites.

Minnesota fans get the privilege of watching Love and Al Jefferson develop into a potential McHale and Robert Parish duo under McHale's tutelage.

Wizards 107, Pistons 94

Wizards coach Ed Tapscott is a perfect 3-0 on Tuesday nights; unfortunately, he's winless every other night of the week. Led by Caron Butler's 33 points, the Wizards played smart basketball, limiting themselves to seven turnovers.

Antonio McDyess, who re-signed with Detroit on Tuesday, suited up and played 25 minutes. Nine points and six rebounds were solid contributions, but now Michael Curry has the task of working McDyess back into the rotation.

Do the Pistons want to go big with McDyess, or small with Rodney Stuckey? Do they want to opt for the younger and more athletic Amir Johnson over the veteran McDyess?

At 11-9, Curry and the Pistons need to figure it out if they want to continue their playoff dominance in the Eastern Conference.

Cavaliers 114, Raptors 94

MVP-race leader LeBron James scored 20 of his 31 points in the first half to lead the Cavaliers to an easy victory over the downward-spiraling Raptors. While the Cavs continue to shine, the Raptors need to go back to the drawing board.

Interim coach Jay Triano needs to establish each player's role on the team. He needs to make sure each player understands what they are expected to do, and what they are expected to not do.

The Raptors lack effort, lack direction, and lack a leader on the court as well as the sideline. For a team that was picked as a dark horse in the East, they are severely underachieving.

During the game, James became the Cavaliers' all-time steals leader, surpassing Mark Price. Coincidentally, Zydrunas Ilgauskas passed Brad Daugherty as the Cavs' all-time leader in rebounds.

It came on a board that LeBron had initially snatched, then dropped when he saw Ilgauskas nearby, in a Brett Favre-Michael Strahan-esque record-breaking moment.

Kings 113, Lakers 101

The Kings surprised the Lakers with their tempo, and although they didn't play flawlessly, they limited their turnovers to 10 and shot 49.4 percent from the field.

The Lakers are falling into a trend of playing down to the level of lesser opponents. In December they've already dropped games to Indiana and now Sacramento, not to mention the scare Washington gave them.

The Lakers aren't at risk of falling out of the playoffs, but they need to focus on every night, not just the big games if they want prepare themselves to hang another banner in the rafters.

Magic 109, Trail Blazers 108

Greg Oden was once again a non-factor for the Blazers. This time the let-down came in his highly anticipated initial meeting with Dwight Howard. Oden found himself in foul trouble and only logged 11 minutes.

Even with little help from Oden, the Blazers were able to contain Howard thanks to Joel Przybilla and a condensed zone defense.

It seemed as though the Blazers were off to their 16th victory until the Magic finished the game with a 9-0 run, capped by a last-second Hedo Turkoglu three. It was Portland's first home loss of the season, and one that was easily preventable.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 10, 2008

 

 
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